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Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake

(to Warm Springs)
2.4 miles round trip
No elevation gain
Open mid-July through October

Moderate (around lake via Little Crater)
8.6-mile loop
500 feet elevation gain 

Left: Paulina Lake

Paulina Lake has the feel of an exotic sea. Deep, azure waters lap against rocky shores. Seagulls cry. Hidden beaches beckon. But this remarkable lake is actually well over a mile above sea level, and the forested rim that walls it from the outside world is in fact the collapsed caldera of the enormous Newberry Volcano. If all this fails to pique your curiosity, how about a lakeshore hot springs, a gigantic flow of obsidian glass, and a miniature cinder cone crater?

To start, drive south of...